The deliberately provocative title of this post is also the deliberately provocative title of a new book, conceived and edited by colleague Markus Jakobsson, that’s now available:
The Death of the Internet
The book analyzes the overall problem of criminal activity on the Internet—namely fraud—and its ensuing damage. It then goes on to examine how criminals profit, how the Internet’s systems work and fail, and issues in the mobile and physical worlds. It concludes by outlining various solution proposals, examining the crucial role of user experience, and poses a set of guiding questions to ask ourselves as we go forward. The essential premise is that we collectively need to keep fraud under control or we risk losing the open freely generative Internet as we know it.
The book sections are authored by a broad cross-section of Web and Internet security researchers and engineers from across academia and industry. They collectively present a detailed multifaceted picture of the spectrum of issues and solutions.
I and Andy Steingruebl co-authored a chapter entitled “Web Security Remediation Efforts” describing aspects of overall web security issues and on-going efforts in, for example, the W3C and IETF to address them.
=JeffH sez check it out